Milwaukee breastfeeding support

Lactation management service

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee has certified lactation consultants who offer support to breastfeeding mothers and their babies and help provide a positive and successful breastfeeding experience. Our staff also helps mothers who express their milk (remove milk from their breasts).

Conditions we address

This program provides support to:

  • Mothers and hospitalized infants who experience lactation or breastfeeding difficulties, such as:
    • Engorgement
    • Medication use and safety
    • Sore nipples
    • Low milk supply
  • Families and health care team members when infants have feeding challenges, including:
    • Jaundice
    • Prematurity
    • Heart defects
    • Respiratory problems
    • Down syndrome
    • Cleft lip and palate
    • Neurological problems
    • Surgery
    • Allergy
    • Multiple births (twins, triplets)
    • Birth defects
  • Mothers and babies who are separated due to medical, work or educational needs.
  • Mothers who need help with breast milk pumping, pump usage, management of breast milk collection and storage, and obtaining breast pumps for home use.

Our services

This program provides the following services:

Individual consultations

The Lactation Management Service provides individual consultations Monday through Friday, and rotating Saturdays and Sundays.

Children’s Hospital lactation consultants talk with mothers by phone, schedule a visit at the bedside and meet with families during a prenatal appointment if families are being seen through the Fetal Concerns Center. A physician or nurse can order a prenatal, inpatient and outpatient consultation, or families can call (414) 266-1757 to leave a message for a lactation consultant. A consultant will automatically be paged when a message is left.

Pump rooms

The Lactation Management Service has double electric breast pumps available throughout the hospital for mothers to use. Pump rooms are available in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and most inpatient units. The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Clinics Building has a breastfeeding room, which is located behind the information desk, that is available to families and staff.

Milk Kitchen

The milk kitchen is for the management, preparation and distribution of human milk.

Watch this behind-the-scenes tour of our Milk Kitchen to learn how this unique resource is helping breastfeeding mothers and babies in our NICU.

About the staff

Our team includes many lactation consultants, including four with IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant) certification, who are also registered nurses. They have extensive training, education and experience in lactation. They offer a wealth of experience and knowledge working with premature infants through toddlers.

IBCLC Care Award - Sponsored by IBLCE & ILCAIn fact, our team has been awarded with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) IBCLC Care Award for excellence in lactation care.

This award recognizes organizations that have IBCLCs on staff, provide a lactation program for breastfeeding families, and have recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

In addition to the lactation team, certified lactation educators (CLEs) are available to help and support families.

Lactation consultants

Breastfeeding and lactation resources

Resources from Dr Jane Morton, Stanford University School of Medicine
Additional resources